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Best Cleated Bicycling Sandal Yet

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Follow on from an earlier post: Another Cycling Sandal – Nashbar Ragster

Update 4/24/08 It ha s been unseasonably warm this week and I have been wearing the Ragsters  without socks. Not so good without socks, as expected the foot bed is pretty rough on bare feet. It is too bad that they couldn’t have made these sandals just a little better, but that seems to be typical of Nashbar clothing. These are still the only cleated sandal I can wear but I wouldn’t recommend riding with out socks.

I wasn’t expecting much from the Bike Nashbar Ragster Bicycling Sandal but I have been very pleasantly surprised. They don’t look as impressive as the Shamino or Lake Sandals but they work on my feet. This is the first cleated sandal that I can wear comfortably and they are also a lot less expensive than the others I have tried.

The reason these sandals work for me is simple, they have an adjustment strap at the back of the foot that adjusts where the foot falls onto the foot bed. These is a key adjustment for me or anyone else that has problems with the toe grip on the foot bed hitting the nerve at the base of my toes. They also have an open toe area so my Hobbit toes can self actualize without being crushed.

These sandal are as good as any cycling sandal I have tried for walking, not great but more than acceptable. On the bike they really grip the pedals, almost too well.

The bad news is that they don’t seem to be available right now. I bought them on sale and am just getting around to trying them out. But Nashbaar may bring them back as summer gets a little closer.

These aren’t fancy but they work. This is the first time I have been able to say that about a bicycling sandal that accepts cleats. However, the quality just isn’t there. I can only call these sandals acceptable barely.

I will be trying the Keen Commuter Sandal from REI that is getting raves later in the Spring.

Note: I have only used these sandals without cleats but I expect good performance with cleats. However, I don’t plan to be using cleats this year.

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Written by Roland

April 16, 2008 at 7:31 am

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  1. […] Best Cleated Bicycling Sandal Yet […]

  2. Ed, these sandals
    http://www.exustar.com/ss220.php
    made by Exustar are the same as the Nashbars. I’d guess Exustar manufactures the Nashbar model. I have an older model Exustar without the adjustable heel strap, and with an even less foot-friendly sole. Nevertheless, I agree these are great for hot weather riding.

    Ian Flitcroft

    May 14, 2008 at 11:49 am

  3. I have these shoes for indoor cycling and the problem I’m having with them is the tread is just too darn thick & the cleats are too far recessed into the sole of the shoe to catch the pedal and snap-in. So, for those of you who are going to cleat the shoe – you may have to get handy with a razor blade and remove some of the excess tread before these will be usable with some pedals! (The ones I have issues clipping into are the wider platform styles.) Good luck!

    Trish

    May 21, 2008 at 1:46 pm

  4. That is what I meant when I said they grip the pedal too well.

    From your comments it sound like you are not using clipless pedals. If that is the case there are lots of fine, inexpensive sandals that will work just fine. I have mentions a few in my blog but will be happy to give you some suggestions on what is available now.

    Roland

    May 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm

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